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Tir na nOg Randalstown 0-15 St Ergnat’s Moneyglass 1-02
Tir na nOg secured the under-14 league B title in impressive fashion when they proved too strong for a gallant Moneyglass side in the decider at Clooney on Tuesday evening.
The Whitehill Blues had progressed though their league programme in unbeaten fashion, and starting strongly in this one burdened by the hot favourites tag they never looked in any danger of defeat.
It was more than apparent right from the outset that the Randalstown boys had prepared well for this one and enjoying a physical advantage over their opponents they started on the positive, and indeed continued in such mode for most of the 40 minutes.
The Whitehill boys aided with the breeze signalled intent right from the off and with a couple of points in as many minutes as centre forward Conor Hastings raced through to raise back to back white flags.
The Moneyglass lads led in the offensive by Tiernan Mc Cormick looked for an early score to banish the butterflies but after a couple of enterprises on the positive came to naught as the Tir na nOg defensive structure stood tall in resistance and were to prove most adept on the counter.
Moneyglass continued to be backs against the wall for a time as the Randalstown lads laid siege and as Alister Mc Donnell (2), Conor Hastings, Shane Hinfey, Dara Martin, and Joe Mc Cormick raised white flags in turn they had established an eight point lead at the 13th minute.
The Moneyglass lads with Jamie Mc Laughlin, Kevin Mc Cann, and Brian Magee working hard in the defensive struggled manfully to stand tall in defiance but the Tir na nOg strike force oozed confidence going forward and concluded with stylish contributions on the scoreboard.
St Ergnat’s were finding it difficult to gain penetration through a strong rear guard with Tiernan Mc Cormick, Paul Duffin and flame haired Conleth McCann doing their utmost.
Conleth Mc Cann was unlucky to see his effort go just wide of the target in the 15th minute after a Tiernan Mc Cormick led attack and the Moneyglass lads were to fall further in arrears a couple of minutes later as Joe McCormick and the impressive Conor Hastings added points apiece.
The end of the opening period was in sight as the hard working Moneyglass did open account as Paul Duffin sent over the bar after a stylish approach as a Kevin McCann clearance and a foul on the advancing Matthew Cairns opened the way.
The dominant Randalstown lads had the last say in the period and a strong approach and an equally fine finish saw Alister Mc Donnell add another point to see his side take respite with a ten point advantage, 0-11 to 0-01.
St Ergnat’s started in the second period in need of scores and indeed with the wind as a friend and despite a physically stronger side were standing tall in defiance they were set to give it a lash and indeed were to be rewarded with an early score.
Brian Magee had defied an early attack from the previously rampant Tir na nOg forward unit when he made intervention and the clearance opened the way for a Conleth McCann point.
Tir na Nog did add a point in reply at the other end within a minute but back came the seemingly rejuvenated Moneyglass side and after Tiernan McCormick was denied by the cross bar following a smart Kevin McCann intervention on the 40, but a clever delivery, which seemed net bound until the woodwork intervened to defy.
Conleth McCann grabbed the loose leather intent on returning it to the original destination but was fouled on deliverance and a penalty was the prompt decision.
The hard grafting mid-fielder assumed the spot kick duties himself with positive return and the gallant St Ergnat’s may well have caught sight of a chink of light at the end of the tunnel.
Moneyglass half forward Sean Boyd in action during the Under 14B final in Ahoghill
Any such Lazarus like return for the Moneyglass lads was not to prove the fairy tale ending to this tale as the lads from the Whitehill quickly returned to their dominance and proceeded to dominate the reminder.
Sasha Young and Conor Mc Kenna added points apiece to see normal service resumed and after both Joe Mc Cormick and Conor Hastings followed suit the Randalstown lads were at 0-16 to 1-02 and the long blast which followed saw them take the podium as under-14 league (B) winners.
Tir na Nog: James Mc Manus, Shane Maguire, Kian Devine, Casey Smith, Caolan Hughes, Paul Mc Closkey, Dara Martin (0-01), Alister Mc Donnell (0-03), Shane Hinfey (0-02), Sean Grant, Conor Hastings (0-05), Joe Mc Cormick (0-03), Shane Martin, Conor Mc Kenna (0-01), Sasha Young (0-01)
Subs: Odhran Murray for S Martin, Ronan O’ Neill for S Young
Moneyglass: Callum Graham, Mark Duffin, Brian Magee, Zak Hamill, Kevin Mc Cann, Jamie Mc Laughlin, Seanan O’ Boyle, Conleth Mc Cann (1-00), Paul Duffin (0-01), Tiernan Mc Cormick, Sean Boyd, Damian Duffin, Rory Taggart, Callum Murray
Ewan Mc Grath for R Taggart
Sean Mc Auley for D Duffin
Seamy Mc Kee for C Murray
Referee Michael Hardy (Rasharkin)
South West fixtures secretary Colum Walsh presents the U14B Football Shield to Tir na nOg captain Conor Hastings